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Beneath the Bending Skies

Beneath the Bending Skies by Jane Kirkpatrick: Book Review

About the book:

Title: Beneath the Bending Skies

Author: Jane Kirkpatrick

Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction

Release Date: September 6, 2023

Mollie Sheehan has spent much of her life striving to be a dutiful daughter and honor her father’s wishes, even when doing so has led to one heartbreak after another. After all, what options does she truly have in 1860s Montana? But providing for her stepfamily during her father’s long absences doesn’t keep her from wishing for more.

When romance blooms between her and Peter Ronan, Mollie finally allows herself to hope for a brighter future–until her father voices his disapproval of the match and moves her to California to ensure the breakup. Still, time and providence are at work, even when circumstances are at their bleakest. Mollie may soon find that someone far greater than her father is in control of the course of her life–and that even the command to “honor thy father” has its limits.

New from New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick, Beneath the Bending Skies is a sweeping story of hospitality, destiny, and the bonds of family.

Book Review:

I have never read any of this author’s work before, and now that I’ve read Beneath the Bending Skies, I can say without a doubt that I will be looking for more of her books. The style is unique and something that not everyone will care for. It read to me more like a diary, with events and people rolling past in time with the wagon wheels pulled by the Gems. I enjoyed the slower pacing and seeing life through Mollie’s eyes. The fact that the book is based on a real person drew me and and kept me reading. I railed against her father, even as I encouraged Mollie to step out from under his control, but I could still see the longing she felt to finally earn his approval. While that is not how love is supposed to work, it is what she knew. Her love for Peter brought the story around and the last half of my book was definitely my favorite as we see Mollie living her life, through all its harshness and joys in equal abundance. I enjoyed this book and the life that it revealed. I received a copy of this book through RevellReads. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


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